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in 2016 – only seems to be getting worse, prompting one caregiver to lament:

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Americans use far more opioids than anyone else in the world

The number of opioid prescriptions has decreased in the past few years, after

more than a decade of explosive growth. This reflects new practice guidelines

underscoring opioids’ generally poor effectiveness at reducing chronic pain,

increased monitoring of prescribers by government and health-care

organizations, and widespread horror within and without

medicine over the epidemic of opioid-related deaths.



Military Update: Claims for Lejeune vets fast-tracked

The Marine Corps has begun outreach to hundreds of thousands of veterans who

served at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, at least 30 days from August 1953 to December

1987, inviting them or surviving spouses to file for VA compensation

if veterans suffered one of eight ailments linked to water contamination on the base.



Shifting Opioid Policy At VA Is Sparking Unrest Among Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is continuing to scale back opioid

prescriptions amid the national epidemic in an effort to curb addiction,

but the policy is sparking fear and anger among some veterans.


Congress: VA compensation program just the start for Lejeune victims

A $2.2 billion promise from the U.S. Department of Veterans

Affairs is just the beginning, according to members of Congress.


Trump’s Military Buildup Promises Little For The Working Grunts

Once again, the big money goes for the fancy weapons, while the troops carry old rifles.

Couple pleads guilty to defrauding VA

Prosecutors say Richard Klaffka told the Veterans Affairs that because of an injury

connected to his military service he was confined to a wheelchair, even though

he regularly engaged in extensive physical activities. To promote

the fraud, his wife pushed him in a wheelchair when at the VA hospital.



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VA: Longtime troubles at veterans’ suicide hotline now ‘resolved’

The day following a scathing report about ongoing problems at the veterans’ suicide

hotline, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement late Tuesday

asserting the problems were fixed. “The Department of Veterans Affairs is

proud to announce that the challenges with the Veterans

Crisis Line have been resolved,” the statement reads.


Memphis VA employee accused of stealing

patient vehicle, patient finds vehicle six months later


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VA SPOTLIGHT

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bringing light to the dark side of the

VA’s treatment of some Veterans

applying for disability.  Whether out

of frustration, desperation, anger, or

‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice. 

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From the Desk of Drew Early

Veterans Law Attorney


03/27/2017

VA’s modernization of the claims process continues

This came to my attention yesterday along with some comments about this

‘Modernization” from various from well-respected veterans advocates around the country:
“Why does this bring me more concern than comfort…”
“Isn’t anyone concerned that VA will lose data on old “closed cases”

by digitizing he old claims before someone re-opens the claims?”

So VA is apparently removing some 310,000 inactive

C-files for conversion to digital format. 

Kind of strikes me that creates 310,000 opportunities for error to occur… 


*********************************************************

03/21/2017

Jim:  Another sad but true email--this one was waiting for me this morning. 

I think it speaks volumes about the actual VA experience for many.
/s/ Drew

Hi  Drew: You may not remember me but (redacted name of another veterans attorney) had

given me your name and we had spoken last year about applying for VA widow’s

benefits for my Mom.  I just wanted to thank you for the information.  Unfortunately by the

time they processed everything and finally approved her case and deposited the

first check this February, she had just passed away. However, I wanted to tell you that

we really appreciated your input - that VA site and the process is a hard thing to navigate.
With regards, XXXXXXXX


*********************************************************

03/20/2017

OK, take a look at this latest Proposed rule by VA.  It would have VA acquisition regulations

mirror those of the Federal acquisition regulations (or in layman’s terms—follow the same

rules that the rest of the Federal government follows for procurement actions). 

On its face it makes sense, right?  But why isn’t that already the case?  Shouldn’t

VA already be following the same procedures as the rest of the

government in terms of contracting and purchasing?  Looks like

there was some unnecessary duplication of effort, perhaps, in the past.




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Marijuana, Narcotics

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Committee Leaders Introduce

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Program cut risky opioid
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Little Rock veterans-hospital workers

stole, dealt opioids, U.S. says

Report: Prescription drugs seem to

'vanish' from VA hospitals across the country

Cases involving alleged drug

theft at VA health facilities

UPS worker accused of stealing

Oxycodone from VA pharmacies

A ‘civil war’ over painkillers rips
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Overprescribed: Veterans

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Opioid addiction newest

battle line for many veterans


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